proceeds from this event will be combined with the money raised on
the VFW bicycle poker run held on October 4th, which raised $400.00.
All funds will go to the Head Start classrooms in Logan County and
be used for items that would normally not be available with limited
The VFW Post 1756 Men's Auxiliary is a fairly new
group helping to support the VFW and the community. The VFW Men's
Auxiliary was only established nationally a few years ago. Their
motto is "We are here, we are able and we are ready to assist the
VFW and the Community as needed."
Community Action Partnership's oldest program is the Head Start
program. Head Start serves preschool children and their families
from the low-income community in six counties: Piatt, DeWitt, Logan,
Menard, Mason, and Fulton. Head Start centers provide a wide range
of services in the following communities: Cisco, Clinton, Lincoln,
Petersburg, Manito, Havana, Cuba, Canton and Farmington.
Head Start provides opportunity for children to develop socially,
cognitively and emotionally with age-appropriate activities and
materials. To meet the physical needs of the growing children, all
medical information is reviewed and nutritious meals are served
daily. Screening assessments are completed regarding medical,
dental, hearing, vision and speech. Required referrals are made when
deemed necessary. Educational assessments are conducted to develop
individualized programs for the enrolled children.
Parent and community volunteers are always welcome in the
classroom. Volunteers participate in many activities that may
include reading stories, playing games, art, music, and cooking
All Head Start sessions operate on a school year calendar similar
to public school. A variety of session options are available ranging
in length of class to a home-based option in limited areas.
College Students Help Raise Money for Cancer Research
Lincoln, IL - October 22, 2008 - Lincoln College students are
being pro-active when helping fight breast cancer in observance of
October being National Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Lincoln
College Rotaract Club presented a donation to the Lincoln College
Volleyball team prior to Tuesday's game in order to help support
breast cancer research. The Lady Lynx will include this donation
with donations received when they play Lincoln Land on Thursday,
with all proceeds going to breast cancer research.
The Rotaract club, which is the student division of the
international Rotary club, was sponsoring a 50/50 drawing throughout
the home volleyball season in order to raise money for their
"Pennies for Polio" campaign. When the Lady Lynx announced they
would be collecting donations for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the
Rotaract group decided to help their peers and support the Lady
Freshman Steven Doyle of Aurora, who serves as the Lincoln
College Rotaract Secretary, suggested the money be given to support
the Lady Lynx. "There is one catch: let's make one of those
oversized checks," said Doyle.
The Lady Lynx Volleyball team is no stranger to supporting cancer
research. In 2006, they helped fellow teammate Mackenzie Clark, who
was then diagnosed with leukemia. Lincoln College Head Volleyball
Coach Mark Tippett's daughter is also a cancer survivor.
Prior to the game, student members who represent Rotaract
presented Coach Tippett and his five sophomores with a $50.00 check
to help their efforts. Michelle Bauer, Rotaract sponsor, said she
was happy to know this will help someone who is fighting the
disease. "We know it's not much, but we feel it is important to
support our campus community and any efforts that our Lincoln
College family stands behind," stated Bauer.
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County 4-H Achievement Night
Each year Logan County 4-H members, leaders and
clubs receive recognition at Achievement Night for various
accomplishments. Some awards which will be given include National
and State Awards, County Outstanding Awards, Club Awards and Club of
This year, Logan County 4-H will hold its
Achievement & Recognition Night on Sunday, November 2, beginning at
5:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Park District's Rec Center on Primm Road in
Individuals interested in seeking a position on the
Heartland Community College District 540 Board of Trustees in the
April 7, 2009 election may pick up the required nominating petitions
beginning Tuesday, October 28, in the college's Executive Office,
located in Suite 2000 of the Community Commons Building, 1500 W.
Raab Road, Normal. There are two trustee positions open on the
board, both six-year terms commencing in May 2009.
To be eligible, candidates must complete the
nominating petitions by collecting signatures from 50 registered
voters from within Heartland Community College District 540.
Candidates must be at least 18 years old and a citizen of the United
States. They also must have resided within the State of Illinois and
District 540 for one year prior to the election date.
Nominating petitions must be returned to the
executive office between Tuesday, January 20 and Monday, January 26,
Pumpkin contest a success
Abraham Lincoln, the St. Louis Cardinals,
princesses, watermelon and ghosts inspired some of this year's
designs in Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital's 4th Annual GREAT
Pumpkin Decorating Contest.
The Employee Activity Committee has sponsored this
contest since 2005, when it decided to offer a fun Halloween
activity for employees and their families. This year a record 18
entries were received from employees and their children and
"We think this is a great way to involve children in
their parents' and grandparents' workplace," says Janell Woolard,
Office Coordinator for Plant Operations, who heads up the ALMH
committee. "And nobody ever walks away empty-handed."
All who participated received a special ribbon and a
giant Hershey bar. First-place winners in the 1-3 and 4-6 categories
also received special Halloween trophies. Winners in the older age
categories each won a ticket to the Lincoln Jaycees Haunted House,
in addition to the other prizes. Hospital employees and even
visitors voted for their favorites. For a list of the winners,
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